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    Top industries in every state

    The United States economy is the third largest in the world and a global powerhouse, contributing almost a quarter of the gross domestic product (GDP) to the world's total economic activity each year. Today, manufacturing accounts for 17.9% of the nation's GDP and outweighs every other industry, but some signs point to the historically popular industry shrinking. In fact, since 2001, more than 63,000 U.S. manufacturing facilities have closed.

    After manufacturing, professional and business services contribute the second-highest GDP to the economy, at 11.2%, followed by real estate and educational services, health care, and social assistance.

    Industries consist of sectors defined by the North American Industry Classification System, which is the standard federal agencies use to classify businesses to analyze data. Similar sectors, such as the previously noted educational services, health care, and social assistance sectors, were combined into one industry for classification purposes.

    Using 2017 data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, Stacker compiled the top 10 industries in every state, ranked by each industry's contribution to the GDP. The data only analyzed private enterprises, and not government business. In some cases, Stacker has also included information about each state's economy as a whole, of which GDP is one factor.

    Although manufacturing is the top industry in the country overall, it only ranked first in 17 states. Read on to find out how your state is doing.

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  • Alabama
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    Alabama

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($35.5 billion, #23 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($23.3 billion, #28)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($21.0 billion, #28)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($17.1 billion, #27)
    - #5. Retail trade ($14.3 billion, #25)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($12.1 billion, #28)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($11.7 billion, #28)
    - #8. Construction ($7.4 billion, #31)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($6.7 billion, #30)
    - #10. Utilities ($6.0 billion, #17)

    Almost 1 in 5 jobs in Alabama depends on the agricultural and forestry industries, as about 70% of the state is covered in forests. However, the state's highest-growing job sectors from 2010 to 2017 were administrative and waste services, accommodation and food service, arts and entertainment, and manufacturing and transportation. Fortune 500 company Regions Financial—a bank and financial services company—is headquartered in Birmingham.

  • Alaska
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    Alaska

    Top industries:
    - #1. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($7.9 billion, #8 among all states)
    - #2. Transportation and warehousing ($6.5 billion, #29)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($5.4 billion, #48)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($4.3 billion, #50)
    - #5. Professional and business services ($3.3 billion, #47)
    - #6. Retail trade ($2.2 billion, #49)
    - #7. Construction ($1.9 billion, #48)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($1.9 billion, #48)
    - #9. Manufacturing ($1.6 billion, #49)
    - #10. Information ($1.3 billion, #45)

    Though the Alaska economy has suffered from the global oil price drop in 2014 and has the nation's highest unemployment rate, economists expect job losses to taper off in the next few years. The tourism, health care, and mining-exploration industries are also expected to continue to grow in coming years. The most recent government shutdown affected Alaska's economy more than most states, since federal workers comprise the state's workforce at three times the average rate.

  • Arizona
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    Arizona

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($50.6 billion, #17 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($37.3 billion, #20)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($32 billion, #19)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($27.4 billion, #27)
    - #5. Retail trade ($23.9 billion, #14)
    - #6. Finance and insurance ($23 billion, #18)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($18.6 billion, #21)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($15.8 billion, #19)
    - #9. Construction ($14.3 billion, #17)
    - #10. Information ($11.3 billion, #21)

    After Arizona officially became a state in 1912, the mining industry exploded and remained the top industry until the 1950s. Today, tourism is one of the top drivers of growth, with visitors flocking from all over the world to see the Grand Canyon and other popular sites. Best Western is headquartered in Arizona, along with Cold Stone Creamery, GoDaddy, and U-Haul. Arizona's three public universities also contribute greatly to the state's economy, to the tune of more than $11.1 billion in 2017 alone.

  • Arkansas
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    Arkansas

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($18.0 billion, #31 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($13.2 billion, #34)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($13 billion, #35)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($11.6 billion, #33)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($9.5 billion, #32)
    - #6. Retail trade ($8.8 billion, #35)
    - #7. Transportation and warehousing ($4.9 billion, #35)
    - #8. Finance and insurance ($4.9 billion, #41)
    - #9. Construction ($4.7 billion, #35)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($4 billion, #37)

    Although manufacturing employs about 13% of Arkansas' workforce, the state relies heavily on its agricultural industry, which adds about $16 billion to the state's economy every year. In fact, Arkansas produces half of the rice in the United States. Transportation and logistics are also an important contributor to the state's economy, and employs more than 85,000 people at more than 80 distribution centers and 22 major trucking centers. But the top export in Arkansas is Aerospace, which adds $1.8 billion annually to the state's economy.

  • California
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    California

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($468.6 billion, #1 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($365 billion, #1)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($297.5 billion, #1)
    - #4. Information ($271.1 billion, #1)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($205.2 billion, #1)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($151.4 billion, #1)
    - #7. Retail trade ($146.3 billion, #1)
    - #8. Finance and insurance ($137.1 billion, #2)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($119.4 billion, #1)
    - #10. Construction ($101.5 billion, #1)

    California has the largest economy in the United States, and is home to some of the largest entertainment and fashion industries in the country. However, computer and electronic products straight from Silicon Valley bring in some of the most cash to California's economy. Real estate is the top contributor, thanks to soaring housing costs, which are some of the highest in the country. There is also an increasing demand in California for higher education as the state's high school graduation rates grow, and more students set their sights on Stanford University, the University of Southern California, and various University of California campuses, among others.

  • Colorado
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    Colorado

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($51.2 billion, #16 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($51.1 billion, #16)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($25.3 billion, #23)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($23 billion, #30)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($20 billion, #20)
    - #6. Construction ($19.3 billion, #15)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($19.1 billion, #25)
    - #8. Information ($18.8 billion, #12)
    - #9. Retail trade ($18.6 billion, #20)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($17.9 billion, #15)

    Colorado's economy is evenly split in its landscape, with the farming industry operating in the eastern part of the state, the urban areas playing host to services, and manufacturing and the Rocky Mountains providing recreation areas, as well as petroleum and coal deposits. Within the services industry, which comprise the largest portion of the state's gross product, the top money makers are community, business, and personal services. The finance industry is another big contributor, with the state capital of Denver serving as an important financial and regional bank hub.

  • Connecticut
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    Connecticut

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($37.8 billion, #21 among all states)
    - #2. Finance and insurance ($35.7 billion, #12)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($32.5 billion, #22)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($28.4 billion, #26)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($27.5 billion, #22)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($17.6 billion, #22)
    - #7. Retail trade ($13.3 billion, #26)
    - #8. Information ($13.2 billion, #18)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($9 billion, #27)
    - #10. Construction ($8 billion, #28)

    Digital media have prospered in Connecticut, and today there are more than 1,200 digital media companies doing business in the state, including ESPN, which is headquartered in Bristol. Advanced manufacturing, bioscience, green technology, insurance, and financial services are among the other top industries in Connecticut, and continue to grow. Three Fortune 500 companies—Cigna, Aetna, and United Technologies—also have headquarters in the state.

  • Delaware
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    Delaware

    Top industries:
    - #1. Finance and insurance ($22.7 billion, #19 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($10.4 billion, #41)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($8.2 billion, #39)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($5.8 billion, #45)
    - #5. Manufacturing ($4.2 billion, #43)
    - #6. Retail trade ($2.7 billion, #47)
    - #7. Construction ($2.7 billion, #43)
    - #8. Wholesale trade ($1.9 billion, #47)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($1.9 billion, #47)
    - #10. Information ($1.2 billion, #46)

    Wilmington, Del., is the heart of the state's economy, as the home of DuPont Co. and other large manufacturers. The smaller agricultural industry is still vitally important to Delaware's economy, and the state is a leading producer of broiler chickens while potatoes, soybeans, corn, and dairy products are also top exports. The state's proximity to the Atlantic Ocean also has given rise to tourism at places like Rehoboth and Bethany beaches, and has significantly expanded the fishing industry with the growing export of crabs, clams, and oysters.

  • District of Columbia
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    District of Columbia

    Top industries:
    - #1. Professional and business services ($33.1 billion, #21 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($12.2 billion, #37)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($10.9 billion, #34)
    - #4. Other services (except government and government enterprises) ($9.6 billion, #15)
    - #5. Information ($7.4 billion, #25)
    - #6. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($5.7 billion, #32)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($5.5 billion, #39)
    - #8. Retail trade ($1.6 billion, #51)
    - #9. Utilities ($1.4 billion, #40)
    - #10. Wholesale trade ($1.2 billion, #51)

    Though not technically a state, the District of Columbia is not only the center of U.S. political activity, but it has a powerful economy, as well. The city tops the list of all metropolitan areas in terms of federal procurement dollars, and as the home of the federal government, D.C. is the largest consumer of technological equipment and service in the world. Because of an abundance of federal grants and research development funding, the area attracts many businesses in growing industries, such as paper products, telecommunications, information, and computer firms.

  • Florida
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    Florida

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($161.1 billion, #4 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($126.6 billion, #4)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($94.1 billion, #4)
    - #4. Retail trade ($70.4 billion, #4)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($67.2 billion, #4)
    - #6. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($60 billion, #4)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($58.1 billion, #6)
    - #8. Manufacturing ($52 billion, #14)
    - #9. Construction ($49.7 billion, #3)
    - #10. Information ($43.2 billion, #7)

    The Sunshine State can attribute 10% of its GDP to tourism alone, which is no surprise considering Florida's sunny beaches, theme parks, cruise ship ports, and golf courses. The incredibly successful tourism industry allows Florida to be one of only seven states with no state income tax. The southeastern region of the state leads the state's farming industry, producing about two-thirds of the oranges in the United States, in addition to a steady supply of winter vegetables.

  • Georgia
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    Georgia

    Top industries:
    - #1. Professional and business services ($68.4 billion, #11 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($66.5 billion, #13)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($61 billion, #10)
    - #4. Information ($47.8 billion, #6)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($44.6 billion, #10)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($43.1 billion, #8)
    - #7. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($42.5 billion, #12)
    - #8. Retail trade ($31.4 billion, #10)
    - #9. Transportation and warehousing ($24.7 billion, #7)
    - #10. Construction ($22.4 billion, #8)

    Although most Georgians work in the service industry, the state's economy has roots in the agricultural sector. Even today, 1 in 7 workers in Georgia toils in agricultural fields, where cotton, peanuts, pecans, eggs, and of course, the famous Georgia peaches are harvested. The state's roots in cotton have also contributed to a rich textile industry today, especially in smaller cities like Macon, Rome, and Augusta.

  • Hawaii
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    Hawaii

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($17.9 billion, #34 among all states)
    - #2. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($8.8 billion, #28)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($7.7 billion, #41)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($6.8 billion, #43)
    - #5. Retail trade ($5.8 billion, #37)
    - #6. Construction ($5.2 billion, #34)
    - #7. Transportation and warehousing ($4.9 billion, #36)
    - #8. Finance and insurance ($2.9 billion, #44)
    - #9. Wholesale trade ($2.8 billion, #45)
    - #10. Other services (except government and government enterprises) ($2 billion, #39)

    Tourism is the economic backbone of Hawaii, supplying most of the state's jobs and $1.8 billion in tax revenue alone. In 2016, Hawaiian tourism expenditures reached more than $43 million and backed 192,000 jobs. The median household income in Hawaii also is healthily above the national average at $74,511. Defense is also a large part of the Hawaiian economy, since Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, and Coast Guard bases are located on the islands.

  • Idaho
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    Idaho

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($9.6 billion, #42 among all states)
    - #2. Manufacturing ($8.4 billion, #37)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($7.4 billion, #43)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($6.5 billion, #44)
    - #5. Retail trade ($5.8 billion, #38)
    - #6. Construction ($4.6 billion, #36)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($4.4 billion, #39)
    - #8. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($3.5 billion, #15)
    - #9. Finance and insurance ($2.9 billion, #45)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($2.9 billion, #42)

    Idaho is famous for its potatoes for good reason—the state supplies almost 30% of all potatoes in the United States. The entire agricultural industry is particularly strong in Idaho, but the health care and food processing industries are also growing quickly. The revenue for the health care industry in Idaho has risen 46% in the past 10 years, and is projected to add another 36% in the upcoming years, putting Idaho at second in the country for health care growth.

  • Illinois
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    Illinois

    Top industries:
    - #1. Professional and business services ($113.8 billion, #5 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($103.8 billion, #5)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($101.5 billion, #4)
    - #4. Finance and insurance ($82.4 billion, #4)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($71.5 billion, #6)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($65.6 billion, #5)
    - #7. Retail trade ($39.8 billion, #6)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($33.2 billion, #5)
    - #9. Transportation and warehousing ($31.6 billion, #4)
    - #10. Information ($31.1 billion, #9)

    Business is booming in Illinois despite a recent population decline, and the state houses the headquarters of Walgreens, Boeing, State Farm, Sears, and United. Illinois is also a significant leader in clean energy, and has a number of wind farms, as well as ethanol fuel production. However, the largest industries in the state are manufacturing, education, agriculture, energy, and biotechnology.

  • Indiana
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    Indiana

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($97 billion, #7 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($33.9 billion, #24)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($33.7 billion, #18)
    - #4. Professional and business services ($30.3 billion, #24)
    - #5. Retail trade ($20.4 billion, #17)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($20.3 billion, #18)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($19.7 billion, #22)
    - #8. Construction ($13.4 billion, #20)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($12.9 billion, #20)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($11.6 billion, #17)

    The top industry in the Hoosier State is manufacturing, which contributes more gross product to Indiana than most other states. Indiana is a leading manufacturer of transportation equipment, and houses a number of automobile plants that assemble cars, motor vehicle parts, and truck and bus bodies. However, the state generates most of its revenue through the service industry, which is mostly comprised of wholesale and retail trade.

  • Iowa
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    Iowa

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($32.8 billion, #24 among all states)
    - #2. Finance and insurance ($26.4 billion, #16)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($18.5 billion, #31)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($14 billion, #30)
    - #5. Professional and business services ($12.1 billion, #35)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($11 billion, #29)
    - #7. Retail trade ($9.8 billion, #33)
    - #8. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($7.7 billion, #3)
    - #9. Construction ($7.5 billion, #29)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($5.9 billion, #32)

    Though Iowa has a population of just 3 million, the state is serious about farming, and produces more hogs than any other state. Iowa is also a leading producer of livestock, beef cattle, milk, chicken, and eggs. Besides agriculture, manufacturing is another leading industry, and in particular, food processing. The state is home to one of the nation's largest cereal mills, as well as the biggest popcorn-processing plant.

  • Kansas
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    Kansas

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($24.4 billion, #28 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($18.5 billion, #32)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($16.8 billion, #32)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($13.1 billion, #31)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($10.7 billion, #31)
    - #6. Retail trade ($9.9 billion, #32)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($9.5 billion, #32)
    - #8. Transportation and warehousing ($6.6 billion, #28)
    - #9. Construction ($6 billion, #33)
    - #10. Information ($5.9 billion, #28)

    Kansas is another important agricultural state, and ranks seventh in the nation for total agricultural production. The state is the top wheat-producing state in the nation, and the crop accounts for 12% of Kansas' total agriculture. However, mining is also an important industry in Kansas, and almost every county in the state is involved in some kind of mineral production. Petroleum and natural gas are mined the most in Kansas, followed by helium, limestone, and salt.

  • Kentucky
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    Kentucky

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($36.6 billion, #22 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($21.3 billion, #30)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($18.8 billion, #26)
    - #4. Professional and business services ($17 billion, #31)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($13.9 billion, #24)
    - #6. Retail trade ($11.8 billion, #27)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($11 billion, #29)
    - #8. Transportation and warehousing ($9.5 billion, #22)
    - #9. Construction ($8.3 billion, #27)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($7.6 billion, #29)

    Fourteen percent of Kentucky's large manufacturing industry is comprised of food and beverage products, which have been an ever-growing sector in the state, thanks to support from the surrounding agricultural industry. In fact, a third of the country's top 100 food processing companies—like Kellogg and Nestle—have facilities in the Bluegrass State. The drink industry is also incredibly successful, considering Kentucky produces 95% of the world's bourbon.

  • Louisiana
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    Louisiana

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($42.3 billion, #19 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($25.2 billion, #26)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($21.4 billion, #27)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($21.3 billion, #25)
    - #5. Retail trade ($15.6 billion, #23)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($13 billion, #25)
    - #7. Construction ($12.8 billion, #22)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($11.6 billion, #23)
    - #9. Finance and insurance ($10.1 billion, #31)
    - #10. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($9.4 billion, #6)

    Louisiana is the third-largest producer of petroleum in the United States, but the state also boasts the largest concentration of oil refineries in the country. Natural gas is another booming industry in Louisiana, with the state producing a quarter of the country's gas. However, while gas production has been a stable source of revenue, Louisiana is increasingly expanding its chemical industry. More than $14 billion worth of chemical shipments originate from the state each year.

  • Maine
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    Maine

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($9.2 billion, #43 among all states)
    - #2. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($8.3 billion, #39)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($6.4 billion, #44)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($5.9 billion, #40)
    - #5. Retail trade ($5 billion, #41)
    - #6. Finance and insurance ($3.7 billion, #42)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($3.4 billion, #43)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($3.3 billion, #40)
    - #9. Construction ($2.2 billion, #45)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($1.4 billion, #45)

    Because an astounding 90% of Maine is covered in forests, foresting is one of the leading industries in the state, providing more than 33,000 jobs and leading the world in pulp-paper production. However, the paper-producing industry has been shrinking with the introduction of digital media and foreign competition. Tourism has begun to take root in Maine, with people from around the world flocking to the picturesque Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park, where the Appalachian Trail reaches its northern limit.

  • Maryland
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    Maryland

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($70.1 billion, #11 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($55.6 billion, #14)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($36.2 billion, #17)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($23.1 billion, #29)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($19.9 billion, #21)
    - #6. Retail trade ($19.5 billion, #18)
    - #7. Construction ($17.5 billion, #16)
    - #8. Information ($17.4 billion, #15)
    - #9. Wholesale trade ($17.1 billion, #23)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($15.8 billion, #18)

    Maryland's economic growth can be attributed to information technology, telecommunications, aerospace and defense, as well as biotechnology, where the state is at the center of mapping the human genome. The state is home to the National Institutes of Health, NASA, the Goddard Space Flight Center, and many Defense Department operations. Maryland's proximity to the Chesapeake Bay fuels its commercial fishing industry, which provides half of the nation's blue crab harvest.

  • Massachusetts
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    Massachusetts

    Top industries:
    - #1. Professional and business services ($94.5 billion, #9 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($78.2 billion, #8)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($67.3 billion, #7)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($51.5 billion, #15)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($48.1 billion, #8)
    - #6. Information ($32.2 billion, #8)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($27.4 billion, #12)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($21.9 billion, #9)
    - #9. Retail trade ($21.4 billion, #16)
    - #10. Construction ($19.6 billion, #14)

    The education and health services industries employ the most people in Massachusetts, but the state's manufacturing industry is also a significant part of its economy, and produces many computer and electronic products. The technology sector has rapidly grown in recent years and continues to do so, making it among the most concentrated technology industries in the United States. Cape Cod and Martha's Vineyard also attract tourists from near and far, and tourism generated $20.7 billion in direct spending in 2016 alone.

  • Michigan
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    Michigan

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($98.6 billion, #6 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($68 billion, #12)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($59.8 billion, #15)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($47.2 billion, #10)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($33.6 billion, #10)
    - #6. Retail trade ($30.5 billion, #11)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($27.3 billion, #14)
    - #8. Construction ($20.2 billion, #12)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($17.7 billion, #16)
    - #10. Information ($13.4 billion, #16)

    Record automobile sales in Michigan have boosted jobs, helped raise home prices, catered to tourist communities, and kept government offices open. The City of Grand Rapids in particular has low unemployment rates compared to the rest of the country, and Ann Arbor, which is home to the University of Michigan, has managed to attract consistent investment. However, the state's economy is ultimately dependent on its “big three” automakers—General Motors, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.

  • Minnesota
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    Minnesota

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($48.9 billion, #17 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($46.7 billion, #17)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($38.7 billion, #18)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($37.3 billion, #15)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($30.2 billion, #13)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($24.6 billion, #14)
    - #7. Retail trade ($19 billion, #19)
    - #8. Construction ($13.9 billion, #18)
    - #9. Information ($13.3 billion, #17)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($11.8 billion, #22)

    Minnesota has the second-highest labor force participation in the United States, with those working for health care organizations, such as the state's Mayo Clinic, accounting for the highest percentage of the workforce. Manufacturing and retail trade also contribute major amounts of revenue to the state's economy. Fortune 500 companies that include Target, General Mills, 3M, and United Health Group, all call Minnesota home.

  • Mississippi
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    Mississippi

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($17.1 billion, #33 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($11.5 billion, #40)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($9.6 billion, #37)
    - #4. Retail trade ($9 billion, #34)
    - #5. Professional and business services ($8 billion, #40)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($6 billion, #36)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($5.1 billion, #40)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($5 billion, #35)
    - #9. Construction ($4.2 billion, #37)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($3.9 billion, #38)

    Although Mississippi has the country's lowest cost of living, it has a strong agricultural economy, as the world's largest producer of pond-raised catfish, and high production rates of poultry, eggs, and dairy products. While Mississippi once had a booming cotton industry, production has been declining recently due to poor soil from over-cultivation. Today, the top industry in the state is manufacturing, which was first introduced in Mississippi in 1965, and the state produces chemicals, wood products, and plastics.

  • Missouri
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    Missouri

    Top industries:
    - #1. Professional and business services ($39.9 billion, #18 among all states)
    - #2. Manufacturing ($38.2 billion, #20)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($34.5 billion, #23)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($31.2 billion, #21)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($22.4 billion, #20)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($20.6 billion, #17)
    - #7. Retail trade ($18.1 billion, #21)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($12.3 billion, #21)
    - #9. Information ($12.2 billion, #19)
    - #10. Construction ($11.3 billion, #24)

    The Show Me State's main manufacturers are aerospace and transportation, followed by food products, chemicals, machinery, metals, and electrical equipment. Agriculture also remains important for the state's economy, with Missouri playing host to more than 100,000 farms— second only to Texas for the most farms in the nation. The state is among the top 5 in the country for soybean production, and is known for its exports of beef, pork, dairy products, corn, and poultry.

  • Montana
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    Montana

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($6.5 billion, #46 among all states)
    - #2. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($5.2 billion, #46)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($3.6 billion, #46)
    - #4. Retail trade ($3.1 billion, #44)
    - #5. Construction ($2.7 billion, #42)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($2.7 billion, #46)
    - #7. Manufacturing ($2.6 billion, #47)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($2.5 billion, #45)
    - #9. Finance and insurance ($2.3 billion, #48)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($2 billion, #44)

    Although livestock and agriculture have always been an important source of revenue for Montana, the state's economy has recently begun to diversify. From 2000 to 2015, the industries that experienced the most growth were health care and social assistance; real estate; and food services. During the same period, the state created more than 100,000 new jobs, as well. In the western part of the state, federal lands provide another boom for the economy, attracting tourists to places like Glacier National Park and the college town of Missoula.

  • Nebraska
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    Nebraska

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($13 billion, #35 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($11.7 billion, #39)
    - #3. Finance and insurance ($11.7 billion, #27)
    - #4. Professional and business services ($11.2 billion, #36)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($9.8 billion, #36)
    - #6. Transportation and warehousing ($9.4 billion, #23)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($7.2 billion, #34)
    - #8. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($7.1 billion, #5)
    - #9. Retail trade ($6.5 billion, #36)
    - #10. Utilities ($3.9 billion, #25)

    Nebraska depends heavily on its agricultural industry, in particular its “golden triangle” of corn, livestock, and ethanol production. The Cornhusker State earned its name for a reason: Corn is its leading crop and the state is among the top three corn-producing states in the country. Nebraska also produces the second-highest amount of ethanol, and operates 25 plants that annually yield 2 billion gallons of renewable fuel. The median household income in Nebraska is $56,927, just slightly below the national average.

  • Nevada
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    Nevada

    Top industries:
    - #1. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($26.3 billion, #6 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($23.7 billion, #27)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($17.6 billion, #30)
    - #4. Retail trade ($11 billion, #30)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($10.3 billion, #35)
    - #6. Finance and insurance ($8.7 billion, #34)
    - #7. Construction ($7.5 billion, #30)
    - #8. Transportation and warehousing ($7.3 billion, #27)
    - #9. Manufacturing ($7 billion, #39)
    - #10. Wholesale trade ($6.7 billion, #35)

    As the home of Las Vegas, Nevada rakes in huge amounts of cash from its tourism and gaming industries. Almost 400,000 people are employed by the city's hotels, casinos, and other attractions, and about 2,500 jobs are added each year. Outside of Vegas, Nevada also has a thriving aerospace industry, thanks to Nellis Air Force Base in the southern region of the state. The base employs 12,000 civilian and military workers.

  • New Hampshire
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    New Hampshire

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($12 billion, #38 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($10.4 billion, #37)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($9.4 billion, #36)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($9.3 billion, #38)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($6.6 billion, #37)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($5.4 billion, #37)
    - #7. Retail trade ($5.3 billion, #40)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($4 billion, #38)
    - #9. Information ($3.6 billion, #37)
    - #10. Construction ($2.5 billion, #44)

    New Hampshire has been able to build its success off of neighboring Massachusetts to move from historic paper and grain mills to electronic component manufacturing and other high-tech industries. Today, smart manufacturing is the most important part of the state's economy and accounts for 19% of wages paid within the state. New Hampshire is also a popular area for people looking to purchase second homes, and many of the state's vacation homes are owned by people from elsewhere who rent houses to tourists.

  • New Jersey
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    New Jersey

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($101.6 billion, #6 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($96.2 billion, #8)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($54.6 billion, #9)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($50.5 billion, #16)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($48.6 billion, #6)
    - #6. Finance and insurance ($38.7 billion, #11)
    - #7. Retail trade ($34.5 billion, #9)
    - #8. Information ($28.1 billion, #10)
    - #9. Construction ($22.3 billion, #9)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($21.9 billion, #8)

    New Jersey boasts a large number of information and technology companies, as well as pharmaceutical and biotech companies, but is also home to industrial giants like Johnson & Johnson. Tourism has always been an important component of New Jersey's economy, thanks to the state's proximity to New York City, the Jersey Shore, and Atlantic City, which all attract millions of visitors each year. However, in the past decade, the tourism industry has decreased, forcing some Atlantic City casinos to close.

  • New Mexico
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    New Mexico

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($12.7 billion, #36 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($10.2 billion, #38)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($8 billion, #41)
    - #4. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($7.6 billion, #9)
    - #5. Retail trade ($5.5 billion, #39)
    - #6. Manufacturing ($3.8 billion, #44)
    - #7. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($3.8 billion, #39)
    - #8. Construction ($3.5 billion, #39)
    - #9. Finance and insurance ($3.2 billion, #43)
    - #10. Wholesale trade ($3.1 billion, #44)

    Since 2007, the health care sector in New Mexico has steadily grown, adding almost 15,000 new jobs and it is projected to grow the most out of any sector in the state. This industry is led by the New Mexico Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Lovelace Health Systems, and Presbyterian Health Systems, where practitioners earn an average salary of $73,000. Although the retail industry has shrunk, it is still among the largest operating in New Mexico and is thought to be one of five industries to significantly expand by 2020.

  • New York
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    New York

    Top industries:
    - #1. Finance and insurance ($306.9 billion, #1 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($227.9 billion, #2)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($208.6 billion, #2)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($148.5 billion, #2)
    - #5. Information ($131.9 billion, #2)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($73.7 billion, #3)
    - #7. Manufacturing ($72.6 billion, #9)
    - #8. Retail trade ($71.5 billion, #3)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($69.8 billion, #2)
    - #10. Construction ($47.5 billion, #4)

    New York is famous for its Wall Street-centric economy, and for many businesses, the state is the financial epicenter of the world. The New York Stock Exchange is the world's largest stock exchange, with a market capitalization of more than a whopping $20 trillion. And if that weren't enough, New York City is the headquarters for five of the country's 10 largest banks, including Morgan Stanley, Citigroup, and JPMorgan Chase.

  • North Carolina
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    North Carolina

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($100.2 billion, #5 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($63.7 billion, #13)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($60.1 billion, #14)
    - #4. Finance and insurance ($47 billion, #9)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($42.9 billion, #11)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($32.2 billion, #11)
    - #7. Retail trade ($27.7 billion, #12)
    - #8. Information ($20 billion, #11)
    - #9. Construction ($19.8 billion, #13)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($19.5 billion, #12)

    North Carolina's top manufactured products are tobacco, chemicals, and computer and electronic products. However, the state also has a rich services industry, with metropolitan areas hosting a variety of finance, insurance, and real estate businesses. The North Carolina coastline also lends itself to a booming commercial fishing industry, and its most valuable products are blue crabs, clams, flounder, and shrimp.

  • North Dakota
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    North Dakota

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($6.2 billion, #47 among all states)
    - #2. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($5.1 billion, #12)
    - #3. Wholesale trade ($4.6 billion, #38)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($4.4 billion, #49)
    - #5. Construction ($3.6 billion, #38)
    - #6. Manufacturing ($3.4 billion, #45)
    - #7. Professional and business services ($3.2 billion, #49)
    - #8. Retail trade ($3 billion, #46)
    - #9. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($2.9 billion, #20)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($2.6 billion, #40)

    Oil and gas production is an important part of North Dakota's economy, and it has significantly expanded in recent years. In 2004, oil and gas production accounted for 2% of the state's economy, but by 2014, the total was 16%. Still, the education, finance, trade, and transportation sectors employ many more people in North Dakota than the mining and logging industry. Agriculture is also a core component of the state's revenue, since 90% of North Dakota's land is dedicated to farming.

  • Ohio
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    Ohio

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($104.6 billion, #3 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($74.3 billion, #10)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($72.4 billion, #10)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($62.4 billion, #8)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($59.1 billion, #5)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($40.5 billion, #9)
    - #7. Retail trade ($38.2 billion, #7)
    - #8. Construction ($24.4 billion, #7)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($23.8 billion, #8)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($20.1 billion, #9)

    The northwestern region of Ohio depends on its many auto parts and auto assembly plants, and the industry is only expected to grow stronger—automotive jobs are forecasted to grow 19% by 2028. Manufacturing in general grew 12% from 2012 to 2014, contributing $99.8 billion to Ohio's gross state product in 2014. Food production also is key to Ohio's economy, accounting for 14% of the state's jobs and contributing $105 billion to its total economic output in 2010.

  • Oklahoma
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    Oklahoma

    Top industries:
    - #1. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($22.8 billion, #2 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($18.3 billion, #33)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($16.5 billion, #34)
    - #4. Professional and business services ($15.9 billion, #33)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($14.9 billion, #29)
    - #6. Transportation and warehousing ($12.8 billion, #14)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($10.8 billion, #30)
    - #8. Retail trade ($10.7 billion, #31)
    - #9. Finance and insurance ($7.4 billion, #36)
    - #10. Construction ($6.9 billion, #32)

    While Tulsa is no longer considered the oil capital of the world it once was, the mining industry is still the top industry in the state, although it has shrunk in recent years. The economy still depends on the oil and gas industry, which has just begun to strengthen after a drop in global gas prices in 2016. The median household income in Oklahoma is well below the national average, at $49,176.

  • Oregon
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    Oregon

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($35.2 billion, #22 among all states)
    - #2. Manufacturing ($32.1 billion, #25)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($26.9 billion, #25)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($21.7 billion, #24)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($12.6 billion, #27)
    - #6. Retail trade ($11.5 billion, #29)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($10.4 billion, #30)
    - #8. Construction ($9.9 billion, #26)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($9.7 billion, #26)
    - #10. Information ($8.7 billion, #23)

    In the past 30 years, Oregon has transitioned from a resource-based economy to a mixed manufacturing and marketing economy with an emphasis on technology. In the years before the financial crisis of 2008, Oregon experienced enormous growth in the construction and services industries, but is still working to earn back the losses it experienced after that recession. Today, Oregon's top commodities include greenhouses, cattle, hay, milk, grass seed, wheat, and potatoes.

  • Pennsylvania
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    Pennsylvania

    Top industries:
    - #1. Professional and business services ($98.8 billion, #6 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($92.6 billion, #7)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($90.2 billion, #5)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($88.3 billion, #8)
    - #5. Information ($51.6 billion, #5)
    - #6. Finance and insurance ($49.3 billion, #7)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($43.7 billion, #7)
    - #8. Retail trade ($36.5 billion, #8)
    - #9. Construction ($31.4 billion, #5)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($27 billion, #6)

    Known for its coal and steel outputs, Pennsylvania remains one of the nation's most important industrial centers for coal, steel, and railroads. However, the state is also known as the snack food capital of the world; its sales of snacks and food total more than $5.1 billion each year. Pennsylvania is also the largest producer of canned fruit in the country, as well as vegetable specialty products, chocolate, potato chips, and pretzels.

  • Rhode Island
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    Rhode Island

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($8.8 billion, #44 among all states)
    - #2. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($7.8 billion, #42)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($7.6 billion, #42)
    - #4. Finance and insurance ($5.8 billion, #38)
    - #5. Manufacturing ($5.1 billion, #41)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($3.5 billion, #41)
    - #7. Retail trade ($3.1 billion, #45)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($2.8 billion, #43)
    - #9. Information ($1.5 billion, #43)
    - #10. Other services (except government and government enterprises) ($1.3 billion, #44)

    Because of its small geographical size, Rhode Island doesn't have the same room for farming and manufacturing as other states do. Instead, it leads in finance, insurance, and real estate, with Providence serving as the financial hub for all of New England. Most Rhode Island residents can attribute their income to private research facilities, law firms, computer programming companies, and repair shops.

  • South Carolina
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    South Carolina

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($36.6 billion, #21 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($27.8 billion, #25)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($24 billion, #26)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($16.1 billion, #28)
    - #5. Retail trade ($14.8 billion, #24)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($12.7 billion, #26)
    - #7. Construction ($11.5 billion, #23)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($10.5 billion, #24)
    - #9. Finance and insurance ($9.4 billion, #33)
    - #10. Information ($6.8 billion, #26)

    Tourism in South Carolina is booming, with visitors from across the country traveling miles to visit Charleston, Hilton Head, and Myrtle Beach, all considered some of the nation's best beach towns. Following tourism and manufacturing, other prominent industries in the Palmetto State include government, professional and business services. The state is home to the headquarters of Michelin North America, ScanSource, and Denny's.

  • South Dakota
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    South Dakota

    Top industries:
    - #1. Finance and insurance ($8.1 billion, #35 among all states)
    - #2. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($5.1 billion, #47)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($4.8 billion, #49)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($4.7 billion, #42)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($3.7 billion, #40)
    - #6. Retail trade ($3.5 billion, #43)
    - #7. Agriculture, forestry, fishing, and hunting ($3.3 billion, #17)
    - #8. Professional and business services ($2.9 billion, #50)
    - #9. Construction ($2 billion, #47)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($1.9 billion, #49)

    Agriculture is one of the most important industries in South Dakota, and the state ranks among the top 10 in the country for the production of hay, sunflowers, rye, honey, soybeans, corn, wheat, and cattle. South Dakota is arguably most famous for being the home of the iconic American landmark, Mount Rushmore, and tourism is another important part of the economy, contributing about $2 billion annually. But it's the service sector, which includes retail, trade, and manufacturing jobs, that employs the most people in the state.

  • Tennessee
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    Tennessee

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($54 billion, #13 among all states)
    - #2. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($40.6 billion, #13)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($39.1 billion, #19)
    - #4. Real estate and rental and leasing ($37.8 billion, #20)
    - #5. Wholesale trade ($24.5 billion, #15)
    - #6. Retail trade ($23.6 billion, #15)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($19.6 billion, #23)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($18.9 billion, #13)
    - #9. Transportation and warehousing ($15.3 billion, #10)
    - #10. Construction ($13.4 billion, #19)

    While agriculture once dominated Tennessee's economy, the state recently has expanded into the mining, construction, manufacturing, and logging industries. Tourism is another strong part of the state's economy, with people flocking to Great Smoky Mountains National Park, and cities like Nashville and Memphis. Tennessee headquarters several Fortune 500 companies, including FedEx and HCA Holdings.

  • Texas
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    Texas

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($205.9 billion, #2 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($194.8 billion, #3)
    - #3. Real estate and rental and leasing ($162.3 billion, #3)
    - #4. Wholesale trade ($134.8 billion, #2)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($117.2 billion, #3)
    - #6. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($115.4 billion, #1)
    - #7. Retail trade ($92.9 billion, #2)
    - #8. Finance and insurance ($92.4 billion, #3)
    - #9. Construction ($87.5 billion, #2)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($65.9 billion, #2)

    If Texas were a country, it would have the 10th-largest economy in the world based on GDP, and would be ahead of Australia, Mexico, Spain, and Russia. The Lone Star State is the top exporter in the United States, and in 2017, it exported $264 billion in products to countries across the world. This economy is even further boosted by 48 Fortune 500 companies headquartered across Texas, including ExxonMobil, AT&T, Sysco, and American Airlines.

  • Utah
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    Utah

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($21.9 billion, #29 among all states)
    - #2. Professional and business services ($18.5 billion, #29)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($17.5 billion, #32)
    - #4. Finance and insurance ($14.3 billion, #26)
    - #5. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($12.2 billion, #32)
    - #6. Retail trade ($11.6 billion, #28)
    - #7. Construction ($10 billion, #25)
    - #8. Wholesale trade ($8.7 billion, #33)
    - #9. Information ($8.4 billion, #24)
    - #10. Transportation and warehousing ($5.9 billion, #31)

    Goldman Sachs has named Utah the “Wall Street of the West,” and the largest job increases in the state in coming years are projected to be in professional and business services, health care, and construction. Utah is also completing several significant construction projects that are expected to bring in even more revenue, such as the redevelopment of the Salt Lake City International Airport and an Amazon fulfillment center. People from all over also come to Utah for its ski resorts, and the state welcomed a record number of skiers in 2017.

  • Vermont
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    Vermont

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($4.8 billion, #50 among all states)
    - #2. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($4.5 billion, #48)
    - #3. Professional and business services ($3.3 billion, #48)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($2.9 billion, #46)
    - #5. Retail trade ($2.4 billion, #48)
    - #6. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($2 billion, #46)
    - #7. Finance and insurance ($1.8 billion, #49)
    - #8. Wholesale trade ($1.6 billion, #48)
    - #9. Construction ($1.1 billion, #49)
    - #10. Information ($0.9 billion, #50)

    Vermont has the smallest economy in the United States, with business costs that are 12% above the national average. However, on the bright side, Vermont is the #1 maple syrup producer in the country, and produces cheese, hay, apples, and sweet corn. The services sector is also important to the state's economy, led by community, business, and personal services.

  • Virginia
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    Virginia

    Top industries:
    - #1. Professional and business services ($96.9 billion, #7 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($72.8 billion, #9)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($43.7 billion, #18)
    - #4. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($37.8 billion, #14)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($26 billion, #17)
    - #6. Retail trade ($25.5 billion, #13)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($21.9 billion, #16)
    - #8. Construction ($20.2 billion, #11)
    - #9. Information ($18.3 billion, #14)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($16.9 billion, #17)

    Virginia's economy is as diversified as its landscape, with shipbuilding dominating the coastline, federal workers populating the northern region of the state, technology companies in the suburban Washington corridor, and wineries and apple farms in the countryside. The state's unemployment rate is well below the national average, and is led by a civilian workforce of 4.3 million. The vineyard and winemaking industry has blossomed in recent years and is only expected to grow in the next decade.

  • Washington
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    Washington

    Top industries:
    - #1. Real estate and rental and leasing ($68.7 billion, #12 among all states)
    - #2. Information ($65.8 billion, #3)
    - #3. Manufacturing ($59.4 billion, #12)
    - #4. Professional and business services ($54.9 billion, #15)
    - #5. Retail trade ($44.6 billion, #5)
    - #6. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($36.6 billion, #16)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($27.4 billion, #13)
    - #8. Construction ($21.9 billion, #10)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($19.9 billion, #10)
    - #10. Finance and insurance ($19.4 billion, #24)

    Washington was the country's top state for business in 2017, with the state's economy growing 3.7% the year before. The state is ripe for innovation, and houses the nation's largest concentration of STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) workers and trails only California in the number of patents filed each year. Additionally, Washington has no corporate or state income tax, which helps attract a wide variety of businesses.

  • West Virginia
    50/ Airman 1st Class Mercedee Schwartz // U.S. Air National Guard

    West Virginia

    Top industries:
    - #1. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($8.2 billion, #40 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($7.7 billion, #45)
    - #3. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($7.6 billion, #10)
    - #4. Manufacturing ($7.5 billion, #38)
    - #5. Professional and business services ($5.9 billion, #45)
    - #6. Retail trade ($5 billion, #42)
    - #7. Wholesale trade ($3.5 billion, #42)
    - #8. Construction ($3.3 billion, #40)
    - #9. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($2.8 billion, #44)
    - #10. Finance and insurance ($2.6 billion, #46)

    Historically, West Virginia's economy has been so dependent on mining and coal prices that low energy prices in recent years have financially hurt the state. Still, West Virginia produces the majority of coal used in other states. The state has begun to look to other industries for economic growth, and in 2017, mining and logging jobs increased by 5%, accompanied by growth in the construction industry, as well.

  • Wisconsin
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    Wisconsin

    Top industries:
    - #1. Manufacturing ($59.6 billion, #11 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($37.9 billion, #19)
    - #3. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($31.3 billion, #20)
    - #4. Professional and business services ($30.9 billion, #23)
    - #5. Finance and insurance ($26.5 billion, #15)
    - #6. Wholesale trade ($20.1 billion, #19)
    - #7. Retail trade ($17.9 billion, #22)
    - #8. Construction ($13 billion, #21)
    - #9. Information ($12 billion, #20)
    - #10. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($9.8 billion, #25)

    For the past century, manufacturing has dominated Wisconsin's economy. In fact, three out of five of Wisconsin's largest industrial sectors are related to paper and printing; and 36 out of 37 of the state's largest enterprises are dedicated to manufacturing. However, dairy is also an important component of the Midwestern state's economy, and it ranks first in cheese-making, as well as in the production of cranberries, snap beans, and corn.

  • Wyoming
    52/ Viplav Valluri // Wikimedia Commons

    Wyoming

    Top industries:
    - #1. Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction ($7.6 billion, #11 among all states)
    - #2. Real estate and rental and leasing ($4.3 billion, #51)
    - #3. Transportation and warehousing ($3.2 billion, #39)
    - #4. Retail trade ($2.1 billion, #50)
    - #5. Construction ($2 billion, #46)
    - #6. Professional and business services ($1.8 billion, #51)
    - #7. Educational services, health care, and social assistance ($1.8 billion, #51)
    - #8. Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation, and food services ($1.6 billion, #50)
    - #9. Wholesale trade ($1.6 billion, #49)
    - #10. Utilities ($1.1 billion, #45)

    As the smallest state in the country in terms of population, Wyoming relies heavily not only on mining for its economy, but also tourism that attracts people from far and wide who come to marvel at the state's natural beauty. Wyoming's seven national parks draw 7 million people each year. The state is home to Yellowstone National Park, which houses the largest hot spring in the United States as well as the famous geyser, Old Faithful.

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